By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal team at the start: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette
On the beach: Cech, Koscielny, Mavrapanos, Guendouzi, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah
A first dangerous moment in the Arsenal penalty area after a free kick but we can clear. Oliver showing his colour early on with a soft booking against Maitland-Niles for a foul in side the Leicester half. And that after Oliver missed a foul on Aubameyang just outside the Leicester penalty area. Knowing Oliver I expect him to give a soft penalty for Leicester and send one Arsenal player off. (written after 8 minutes) One of the most loyal servants of Riley in the last years. Torreira is fouled and then he gets the studs on his chest of teh fouling player. Oliver sees nothing…. Ndidi plants his studs against the shin of Xhaka and Oliver finally gives a foul in favour of Arsenal after some 12 minutes. And a yellow card for a dangerous kick. A sharp cross from Leicester forces Leno to make a double stop. 0-0 after 15 minutes.
A good attack from Arsenal after 22 minutes with Iwobi giving a cross to Lacazette but he cant get his shot between the goal posts. But Leicester much more dangerous and Leno wit a few good interventions and an important stop on a low shot. Ndidi with a header after the corner and Leno with a great reaction save and he claws the ball from under the crossbar. Still 0-0 after 30 minutes.
A golden chance for Arsenal as Iwobi is put in space in front of Schmeichel by a good pass from Aubameyang but the Leicester keeper can stop the left footed shot from our striker. As predicted Oliver takes his chance and sends Maitland-Niles off after a sceond yellow card after another soft yellow card after 37 minutes. For the first time I see Emery angry about the refs. And rightfully so. But I predicted it after 5 minutes. Based on our ref reviews and our knowledge. Oliver you are becoming a joke in Arsenal matches. Leno with a good stop on a shot from Vardy. But to be honest I have given up on this joke league and PGMO for the moment. We know what is going to happen with certain refs even before the match. Oh and don’t worry Oliver will give a penalty to Leicester at some stage. Even my match commentator found the sending off a joke at half time. Rightfully so but it seems clear that the PGMO directive is to stop Arsenal from getting in the CL. 0-0 after 45 minutes of PGMO joke officiating.
Koscielny comes in after 45 minutes for Iwobi. Mustafi plays right back and Kos goes in the centre. Leno with a good stop on a diverted cross. Arsenal every now and then trying to break away from under the pressure from Leicester. Oliver waiting to give a penalty for Leicester. Koscielny with a good interception on a cross towards Vardy. A cross finds Tielemans who heads the ball in and 1-0 after 58 minutes.
Arsenal try to react but the low cross from Aubameyang only finds Schmeichel. Two fouls within seconds from Leicester players worthy of a yellow card are ignored by the ref one even where the assistant waved his flag. Sokratis then gets a yellow card and finally Ricardo gets a yellow card for one of those fouls. The other just escaped Mr. Oliver. Who then goes to have a word with Emery: here a transcript: Oliver: ” Get used to it this is how we f*ck Arsenal over here. Wenger knows all about it”. Time to cover his tracks and Chilwell gets a yellow card. Tielemans with a curling shot for Leicester but it went just wide. Mkhitaryan leaves the field and Guendouzi comes on. Leno with 3 stops within seconds. He sure had a great match today. Vardy with some attempts to kick against Sokratis but Oliver misses it. A Leicester player kicking the ball away after a foul but no card. After 78 minutes Nketiah comes in for Lacazette.
Sokratis blocks an effort from Vardy so Leno can pick up the ball. Guendouzi with a good defensive run cutting out a counter from Leicester after Arsenal had a corner. Nketiah pushes a Leicester defender. Luckily the ref doesn’t card him. Chilwell with a tackle from behind but no second yellow card for him. Mcguire clears just in front of Nketiah and then they stop Arsenal for offside. The ball goes over the top from Schmeichel and Vardy can score after he first hit the cross bar. 2-0 after 86 minutes. 4 minutes of extra time. Leno with a great stop once again on a Leicester counter. Leicster score another in the extra-extra time to make it 3-0 by Vardy.
Oliver made life easy for Leicester by giving two soft yellow cards against Maitland-Niles and make us play almost an hour with 10 man. Doing what the PGMO told him to to. Arsenal gave another bleak away performance obviously not helped by the antics of Oliver.
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